Posts Written On September 2014

How to Add Some European Flare to Your Look When Travelling Abroad

If you’re a thoroughly dedicated follower of fashion, you’re probably always on the lookout for ways to keep up-to-date with all the latest trends. If you also happen to have a vacation coming up in a European destination, this post is here to help make sure you ‘look the part’ when traveling abroad. So, with this in mind, we’re going to share some awesome tips and ideas on how to incorporate a little European chic into your vacation style.

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Laid-Back Mediterranean Cool

We love the Mediterranean look. Their style is as much about staying cool in the blazing hot climate as it is about looking cool and staying on-trend. Long floaty gypsy-style skirts and strappy tops are typical staples in most female Mediterranean wardrobes. The key is to pick on ensemble that you can wear to the beach, and go straight for an evening meal and drinks later on. So, you could opt for a brightly colored vest top, and then pack a matching blouse that you can throw on as it cools off during evening time.

French Chic

Are you lucky enough to be traveling to France in the very near future? Well, even though we are insanely jealous, we’re going to help you out anyway. Mainly because we’re just really considerate like that. The great thing about French style is that it’s simple, classic, and so it looks just as good wherever you choose to wear it, whether you happen to be at home or abroad. If you’ve got a slim figure, nothing says French style quite as much as the nautical look.

Try teaming a pair of capri pants with a striped camisole and kitten heels. If you really want to go for it with the nautical theme, you could add a sailor style hat to complete the ensemble. But remember, try and choose something subtle – you’re going for classic and chic. Because if you choose something too ‘out there’ there’s a very real risk that you’ll end up looking like some kind of modern-day Popeye.

Brit-Tastic Fashion

If your vacation destination happens to be somewhere in the United Kingdom, you’ve got off pretty lightly in the fashion stakes. British fashion, whether English or otherwise is pretty much a case of anything goes, which is a dream come true for all you creative types. There’s nothing quite so fun as mixing things up and experimenting with different looks and styles. But if you wanted to go for any one look, we’d recommend emulating the classic London punk look. Famously inspired by legendary fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, it’s a look that’s seeing a revival this fall. So, keep a look out for some of the punk-inspired collections that have already graced the catwalks this year.

If you’ve not yet booked a vacation, and this post has you converted to the idea, you needn’t worry. You can book flights to Istanbul and other European cities on travel websites such as Venere, as well as many others.

So, there we have it. Plenty of ideas and inspiration to help you make the very best of your European vacation. Don’t forget to send us a postcard!

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New Gadgets That Will Help You Be Updated

When it comes to staying in the know it pays to have some absolutely top tech to use to keep you updated with all the latest goings on in the world as well as being a great way to play the latest games and apps.

Because there’s so many great gadgets to choose from we’ve decided to go through a few of the cool pieces of tech that are due to come out and we’re eager to get our hands on.

1: iPhone 6


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First up is the iPhone 6. Having launched only recently it’s already selling in record numbers this cool gadget comes in two formats, the base 6 model that has a 4.7” screen and 326ppi. Then there’s the other option of the iPhone 6 Plus that has a 5.5” screen and 400ppi resolution to provide you with the best graphical capabilities they can offer.

With a longer battery life, Apples new iOS 8 and the ability to support the new Apple Pay system the iPhone 6 is already becoming the best iPhone on the market.

2: Samsung Galaxy Note 4


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After Apples launch of their new iPhone, Samsung decided they weren’t going let Apple get all the attention and so they announced they would be launching their new phone.

Coming in both a standard and curved screen option, this brilliant mobile is packing a Qualcom Snapdragon 805 chipset. It makes it a miniature processor powerhouse that makes the Note 4 the most powerful smart device on the market.

It also features a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display that gives you crystal clear images. When it’s combined with mobile compatible games it can provide some absolutely jaw dropping graphics. Even gambling games will look fantastic on this magnificent mobile.

3: Apple Smartwatch


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Another exciting development the smart watches are already eagerly anticipated by tech fans everywhere. These cool wrist companions rely on you already having a phone as your calls and messages are all routed into them from your mobile. They already come with an assortment of apps but it’s the prospect of the types of games we could play on them that’s got people talking.

The thought of being able to control a game with the flick of a fingertip on its tiny screen is incredibly cool.

4: Nexus 6


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Although little is actually known about the Nexus 6 since Google have been quite quiet about it, we do know that it’s going to be using the new Android L operating system. This means that the new mobile device will have faster connectivity, better processing speeds and more stability with apps and downlodable’s.

With a 5.5” screen, 12MP camera and UHD video recorder we’re expecting crystal clear photographs with this great gadget.

Whether it will actually contain all of these features is just something we’ll just have to wait and watch out for, at any rate all eyes are now on Google to see what other teasers they might leak about their latest cool phone.

5: Nokia Lumia 830


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Finally to wrap up we have the new Nokia Lumia 830, the latest in Nokia’s successful Lumia line this phone comes with an awesome wireless charging pad and windows popular 8.1 operating system. It’s also got a 441ppi screen which gives you a better resolution than the iPhone 6 plus, so you’re guaranteed the best image quality you can get when you use a Nokia Lumia.

This is just a small selection of what we consider to be the best gadgets to use to keep yourself updated. There are of course plenty of others out there to choose but these ones are definitely worth checking out if you have the time or the money to buy them.


National Coffee Day with @KrupsUSA

In honor of National Coffee Day on September 29thwe wanted to share an innovative, gourmet recipe that will kick your daily brew up a notch, courtesy of KRUPS brand ambassador and U.S. Barista Champion Samuel Lewontin.

Sam Lewontin has worked as a barista since 2001, and can currently be found behind the bar at Everyman Espresso in New York, one of the county’s top coffee shops, where he is the General Manager. Sam is also an experienced barista competitor, most recently winning the 2011 SCAA Northeast Regional Barista Competition, and placing 4th at the 2013 United States Barista Championships. Today, Sam serves as a brand ambassador for KRUPS, worldwide leader in kitchen appliances with a passion for the best brew.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 double-shot espresso (use a naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia; Counter Culture’s Banko Gotiti works well here.)
  • 2oz. whole milk
  • 2oz half and half
  • 1/4oz. honey syrup**
  • 1tsp lemon zest

What to do:

1.       Combine espresso and honey syrup in a 5-oz cappuccino cup and set aside.

2.       Combine whole milk, half and half, and lemon zest in a small stainless-steel pitcher.

3.       Heat and texturize milk mixture, using a steam wand or a milk frother, until pitcher is just hot to the touch. KRUPS has a great milk frother for under $100 that makes brewing your favorite coffeehouse treat like a barista champ at home easy and affordable.

4.       Pour textured milk mixture over espresso-and-syrup mixture, filling cappuccino cup to the rim.***

The Inspiration:

A few different pieces of coffee history come together in this drink. First, I’ve chosen a naturally-processed coffee from Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and natural processing, in which the coffee fruit is allowed to dry on the seed before being milled off, is the traditional method there. Second, this drink calls back both to the cappuccino, which behind espresso itself is the most iconic representation of Italian coffee tradition, and to the Espresso Romano, which is served with a twist of lemon peel. Third, this drink is a cousin of the Caffe Nico, a signature drink at Espresso Vivace in Seattle, which is one of the forebears of contemporary specialty coffee in the US. In the end, though, it’s just comforting and delicious– perfect for a cool fall morning.

Expert Tips:

**For honey syrup, combine 2 parts honey with 1 part boiling water. Stir until fully integrated.

***Since milk gains volume when textured, there will be 3oz. or so of the milk mixture left over when we’ve finished pouring. Were we to use less milk, however, it would heat too fast, and we’d be unable to control its texture. Milk, sadly, cannot be reheated without affecting its flavor, but you can always use the remaining milk mixture to make a “Backward and Forward” for a friend!


“I’m a big fan of pairing specific coffees (brewed either as espresso or as filter coffee) and more basic coffee drinks with meals. This both cuts down on the work involved in the meal, and allows the flavors of the coffee and the food to interact without any added clutter. This being said, here are the sorts of coffees (and drinks) that I would recommend pairing with breakfast or with dessert:

Breakfast, if you’re sitting down to it, usually involves rich, hearty flavors– bacon, eggs, buttered toast, waffles, pancakes and the like. To cut through all that richness, I’d recommend filter coffees with bright, juicy, fruity flavors, served black. African coffees– from Ethiopia and Kenya in the summer and fall, and Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania in the winter and early spring– work particularly well, as do more lightly-roasted espressos of all stripes. There’s usually plenty of dairy elsewhere in the meal, but if you’re craving coffee and milk, a lighter and more delicate espresso-and-milk drink– say, a cappuccino– is the way to go.

For dessert, you’ll want darker, richer flavors to stand up to the the sweetness of what you’re eating. Filter coffees from Brazil, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Latin-American coffees roasted with an eye toward sugar flavors– nuttiness, caramel, and chocolate– should be your go-tos here. For espresso, look to more traditional blends and roast profiles, either straight or in a small, dense drink like a macchiato. For a decadent punctuation mark on the end of a meal, prepare your macchiato with half and half instead of milk.”


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Bombsheller leggings are designed by folks who want to see their own ideas materialize into fashion must-haves. Any artist  can create designs for us. They keep the rights to their work, set their own royalties, and profit from each sale.

Bombsheller custom leggings are made on demand, so everything is always in stock, there’s no inventory to slow down any order, and there’s no overstock headed to the trash heap. By automating the production process, Bombsheller made it just as easy to create a single pair of leggings as it is to make one thousand. This means we can turn orders around with ninja-like speed and minimal waste.

I have been wearing mine, designed by ENFU a lot!!  So happy with them and 100% recommend them 😉

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